Today in History, English
Today in History, English

96031August 23Holiday and observanceDay of the National Flag (Ukraine)
96032August 23Holiday and observanceEuropean Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism or Black Ribbon Day (European Union and other countries), and related observances:Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day (Romania)
96033August 23Holiday and observanceInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (International)
96034August 23Holiday and observanceInternaut Day
96035August 23Holiday and observanceNational Day for Physicians (Iran)
96036August 23Holiday and observanceUmhlanga Day (Swaziland)
96037August 24Event49 BC – Julius Caesar's general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Battle of the Bagradas (49 BC) by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
96038August 24Event79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October 24).
96039August 24Event394 – The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, was written.
96040August 24Event410 – The Visigoths under king Alaric I begin to pillage Rome.
96041August 24Event455 – The Vandals, led by king Genseric, begin to plunder Rome. Pope Leo I requests Genseric not destroy the ancient city or murder its citizens. He agrees and the gates of Rome are opened. However, the Vandals loot a great amount of treasure.
96042August 24Event1185 – Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.
96043August 24Event1200 – King John of England, signer of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoulême in Bordeaux Cathedral.
96044August 24Event1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
96045August 24Event1349 – Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
96046August 24Event1391 – Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
96047August 24Event1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
96048August 24Event1482 – The town and castle of Berwick upon Tweed is captured from Scotland by an English army
96049August 24Event1516 – The Ottoman Empire under Selim I defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Syria at the Battle of Marj Dabiq.
96050August 24Event1561 – Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.
96051August 24Event1608 – The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
96052August 24Event1662 – The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
96053August 24Event1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
96054August 24Event1690 – Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city has no birthday).
96055August 24Event1781 – American Revolutionary War: A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit.
96056August 24Event1812 – Peninsular War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
96057August 24Event1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and during the Burning of Washington the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings are set ablaze.
96058August 24Event1815 – The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
96059August 24Event1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
96060August 24Event1820 – Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.

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